[CrackMonkey] FUQ, slavery is back
azinman at ucsd.edu
Tue Feb 5 09:14:31 PST 2002
is that the same pinpoint accuracy that bombs red cross bulidings?
>On Mon, 04 Feb 2002 21:23:48 -0500
>Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu wrote:
>> On Tue, 05 Feb 2002 00:28:51 GMT, Justin <justin-cm at soze.net> said:
>> > What we need is something the size of a space shuttle that will
>> > annihilate an entire section of a country. What good are treaties when
>> > countries like China don't give a damn about them.
>> Actually, if you think about it, you can devastate a larger area using
>> a pattern of smaller bombs. If you have one bomb the size of a space
>> that's only one thing they need to shoot down.
>> The Mk-41 was a 25Mt device, and was retired in favor of the Mk-53, which
>> only a 9Mt device.
>Well, this is certainly an...interesting...conversation. Big, multimegaton
>weapons were made to offset the inaccuracy of their delivery systems. When
>accuracy improved, the need for megatonnage went out the window. Now, with
>a properly designed conventional weapon tied to a pinpoint accuracy
>missile/bomb, you can do what some of the nukes were intended to do without
>the radioactive mess. There was only a rather short period of time during
>the early cold war when nukes were actually made huge to take out
>populations. As the missile tech improved, the targetting became specific
>to military targets (silos, HQs, storage facilities). Of course, if those
>targets were within 20 or so miles of a population center, that center was
>essentially fucked even with a small nuke going off nearby.
>Today, to take out a large military target, you COULD use a small, accurate
>nuke or you could use a well-designed conventional weapon. For removal of
>troops, you can also forego the nukes and go with fuel-air bombs. The
>overpressure and shockwave are equivalent to a small nuke but there is no
>associated radiation problems. Cheap as snot to make. Those in the
>immediate vicinity are vaporised or ground into hamburger. As you move out
>from the explosive center, you get to die due to massive internal injuries.
>Further out, you get a concussion and fully blown eardrums. A little
>further, its just the eardrums that go. None of the affected are of any
>more military utility. Whole armies eliminated without any nukes needed.
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